Broken down truck causes bottleneck on trade road to India

Aung Thu Htun
A traffic jam on the Tiddim-Reed road on September 12.


The road connecting Chin State to the Indian border has been jammed, sources say.

The Tiddim-Reed route is used for border trade with India, and witnesses said about 200 vehicles were trapped in a jam recently.

Nyo Chaw from Linton Village said: “The congestion is between old Himon village and New Eden. Two JCB backhoes were among some 200 vehicles. The commuters who resorted to travelling on foot said the breakdown of a six-wheeled truck started the jam.”

He blamed the drivers for being stubborn on the road.

“Some drivers won’t give up the way for other cars. Food is scarce here, and many drivers are locked in the jam.”

He added that some jeeps managed to get out of the jam thanks to the Tiddim construction department, but heavy vehicles remained trapped.

Ye Min Htun, the Reed Township administrator, said: “The police and Tiddim construction officials went there. The congestion was not within the Reed boundary. But I contacted the administrators of the hometowns of the merchants trapped in the jam.”

Translated by Nay Thiha